Polynesian Association


Welcome to the BYU-Idaho Polynesian Association home page!

Come join us and feel like you are back in the islands of the Pacific.

Join us

We do not currently have a Polyneasian Association President. Please contact us if you are interested by emailing, calling, or coming into the Rigby 272 M-F between 2 and 5 pm.

Phone: 208-496-1420
Email: associations@byui.edu

Useful Words

Whether you go to the Islands of the Pacific, or just want to talk to people around campus, these words will help you blow them away with your language skills. Have fun!

Useful Words

Aloha (Hawaiian) Hello, goodbye, or a expression of affection.
Mahalo (Hawaiian) Thanks
Talofa/Malo (Samoan) Hello
O a mai oe? (Samoan) How are you?
Manuia, fa'afetai, ae a oe? (Samoan) Fine, thanks, and you?
Fa'afetai (Samoan) Thanks
Fa soifua (Samoan) Goodbye
Malo e lelei (Tongan) Hello
Toki sio (Tongan) See you later
Malo (Tongan) Thank you

Fun Facts

Did you know that...

  • Rapa Nui was the only Polynesian culture to keep a written language.
  • Easter Island get its name from its discovery on Easter Sunday, 1722.
  • Tonga is located right on the International Date Line, so it's the first nation to bring in the New Year for the world.
  • Tonga consists of  over 170 islands. About 50 of the islands are inhabited.
  • In ancient Fiji, all boys would have their heads sheved hen they were five years old- and they keep their heads shaved until they were 18.  Growing their hairwas a symbol of manhood.
  • Until the mid-19th century, the practice of eating one's enemy was an accepted and honored tradition in Fiji.
  • Hawaii gets more visitors in 10 days than Tahiti does in an entire year.
  • It's common to put a tiare (Tahiti's national flower) behind one's ear -- left side you're taken, right if you're looking.
  • In Samoa, young men are in charge of the food- including the gathering and the cooking.
  • Samoans are known throughout Polynesia as the "happy people" because of their enjoyment of life and their good-spirited nature.
  • A kiwi is not a fruit - it is New Zealand's native flightless bird and a slang term for a New Zealander. Kiwis call the fruit "kiwifruit" - they are also known as Chinese Gooseberries.
  • Sir Edmund Hillary - the first man to reach the peak of Mount Everest was a New Zealander (born in Auckland) and his face is on the New Zealand $5 bill.
  • The highest recorded temperature in Hawaii was 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Hawaii produces about 320,000 tons of pineapple each year.
  • The Hawaiian alphabet consists of only twelve letters. The five vowels are A,E, I, O,U. And the seven consonants are H,K,L,M,N,P,W.